Fall is here, and for many of us, this means classes and school are underway. With juggling school and jobs, not to mention the assignments, extracurriculars, and social life, the school year can seem like a never ending balancing act. Think you’ve got it bad? Imagine navigating through college as a full-fledged, working celebrity! From the Olsen twins to Romeo Miller, many musicians, actors, models and athletes have graced college campuses and somehow find a way to balance their college careers with their professional ones. Some celebs attending college this semester are Justin Combs, Dakota Fanning, and Emma Watson, so we’ve put together some tips to help you manage all you responsibilities and still be as refreshed and fab as they are this year.
1. Beauties, Get Your Beauty Sleep
I know this point seems almost laughable given your hectic schedule, but sleep is of prime importance when attempting to manage a myriad of different commitments. Why is sleep so crucial? It’s essential for a person’s overall health. Sleep aids in repairing your body, reducing stress, and improving memory to keep you healthy. When considering mental endurance, adequate sleep is one of the most important attributes you can have. Maximizing how accurately you learn or even your learning retention is based upon you getting the right amount of sleep. So study & work hard, and sleep sweetly this school week – your body, GPA, and friends will thank you.
2. Plan & Prioritize
One of the staple quotes of my performing arts high school was ‘piss planning=poor production’. This couldn’t be more true of finding and maintaining healthy equilibrium throughout the school year. To keep everything straight, something that’s been helpful to me are planners and lists. Before the beginning of each week, I write an arbitrary list of all the tasks I’d like to accomplish for the week to come based on their designation (school, work, social obligations, family, etc.). Once I’ve hammered out this list, I prioritize the urgency of the tasks by week day and write them all out on a super adorable weekly planner that I carry around with me daily. This way, I have always have a clear list of obligations throughout the week and a plan of when I’ll get them done. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to ask for help to figure out how to prioritize. Natalie Portman, the star of Black Swan and a Harvard grad, says, “you have to learn how to ask your friends or professionals for help, or go to mentors”. Always make time for the things that are important to you; this way they don’t get fumbled and forgotten.
3. Break for Exercise & Relaxation Often
Time is demanding and limited throughout the school year, but make sure to make time for R&R and exercise! Not only does working your body aide in improving sleep patterns, but exercise has been shown to improve the ability to learn and remember. Josie Loren of Make It or Break It graduated from UCLA and had this advice to offer…“even if it’s an hour where you do whatever you want to do for yourself. Otherwise, you’re just going to get burned out, and you’ll be unhappy. And you need to be happy.” Quick exercise breaks of just 20-30 minutes can reduce stress, and will leave you energized to power though your day more focused. In your daily schedule, allow time to give your body breaks. During your allotted break time, try not to remain stationary – stand up, stretch, do yoga, meditate, do jumping jacks, or take a walk, and breathe deeply. These small movements will help to release tension in your body, and help your circulation.
So, here’s to making it through this school year in perfect harmony…just as any celeb who’s braved college could.